Freelance for AskMen.com – UK editor-in-chief Charlie Parrish tells us howPosted: August 22, 2013
Journalism may be more accessible than writing for TV, film or just about every other medium, but its gates are hardly swinging in the breeze.
Getting a 9-5 (yeah right!) salary journo job is one thing, but starting from scratch as a freelancer can be tough.
Often, making it as a gun for hire depends on your contact book. Most top freelancers have built a reputation – or at least enough relationships – as in-house writers to be the go to guy for a few editors once they decide to step out into the wilderness.
It’s tough but the door isn’t welded shut. In an interview with FeaturesExec.com, Editor In Chief of men’s lifestyle website AskMen.com UK Charlie Parrish reveals exactly how to contact him and what to send.
“Freelancers can pitch directly to me at email@example.com,” he says. “We use a raft of expert writers across all channels of the site, but I’m always open to fresh talent.
“I’d encourage pitches that show an awareness of what we’re about at AskMen. Show that you’ve explored the site and pitch features on topics that we might not at the moment be covering too comprehensively.
“Always remember we’re looking to entertain and inform, too. If a story has a practical element that the reader can take something away from – terrific.”